Don’t Don’t Waste This Night

Don’t waste this night;
Waste tomorrow instead.

Become nocturnal during the summer
And return to normal during the winter–
Stay out with the fireflies and the foxes and the wolves,
Especially the wolves.

Pack a midnight lunch
And eat it while lying flat on a grassy knoll with your nose an inch from the sky;
Don’t sit up or you’ll hit your head.

Instead, roll
And then run
Down darkened streets past dormant houses
Destination: somehow evades you,
But if you run fast or far enough, you’ll find it
And then you’ll sit down
And enjoy the moment, this perfect place you’ve found–
The place your soul was searching for, scouring for, screaming for.


That’s up to you.

The night is young and so are you:
Date her before you’re both too late–
And it’s not a good date if you both end up in bed.

Don’t be a slut!

No, treat her nicely.

You have to spend at least ha
——————————————–lf of your lives together;

Don’t waste this night!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ManicDdaily
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 14:22:04

    This is so lovely. I just love the idea of sitting up and hitting one’s head on the sky. I am nocturnal! But also a morning person! When I drive up to country from city late, I will walk around in darkness because I need to move–unfortunately in summer I’m a bit worried about bears! But I love the poem. K.


  2. Jyoti Mishra
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 01:09:42

    Loved it..
    the opening lines r awesome
    and the optimistic approach throughout was inspiring 🙂


  3. Jillien
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 13:33:42

    pretty awesome writing. Found your blog from JP and I’m glad I did.


  4. Sherry Blue Sky
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:29:31

    I love the sound of this wild picnic, especially one’s nose an inch from the sky and being careful or you’ll bump your head. I had somewhat similar thoughts on the topic. Love your response to the prompt.


  5. ella
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:33:29

    I, too loved the carefree feeling reading your poem~ And I loved the wild picnic and the one’s nose an inch from the sky! Well Done


  6. Sara V
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 00:08:43

    What a wonderful romp! Love the playfulness and the line about not sitting up too fast or you’ll hit your head on the sky! Excellent.


  7. Mary
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:25:08

    Oh, I do think it would be quite an adventure to be out running with the wolves at midnignt. This poem expresses the wild we all have within us…..whether visible or not.


  8. uneven steven
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 13:50:08

    great. nice sentiment – would love to but sometimes just get so tired – but I guess that is what winter is for…


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